Black SplatThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

"I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!"

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Mexican Bandito

Description: Mexican bandit refuses to show proof of that he is a Federale police officer in the motion picture The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

In the year 1925, in the city of Tampico, Mexico, two unemployed Americans, Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), Bob Curtin (Tim Holt), join forces with a crusty old prospector named Howard (Walter Houston) to find a treasure of gold in the Sierra Madre mountains.

After days of hard work, the men strike it rich, but soon greed and suspicion of the others stealing their share of the gold begins to put everyone on edge.

"Any more lip out of you and I'll haul off and let you have it. If you know what's good for you, you won't monkey around with Fred C. Dobbs." - Fred C. Dobbs

When roving Mexican bandits approach the prospectors and claim to be lawmen, protective of their gold, the prospectors hiding behind rocks asks to see a badge to verify their identity.

Angered at the request, one of the bandits - referred to as Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya) - becomes indignant and growls, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges...I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges.”

The prospectors fight off the Mexican bandits with help of an interloper named James Cody who appears out of nowhere and threatens to reveal the location of the gold mine if he is not givien a share of the gold. But before Cody can get his share of the wealth, he is killed by a bandit's bullet. Luckily, a patrol of Federales soldiers appear and the bandits bid a quick retreat to save their own skins.

"You know, you've got to hand it to the Mexicans when if comes to swift justice. Once the Federales get their mitts on a criminal, they know just what to do with him. They hand him a shovel, tell him where to dig, when he's dug deep enough, they tell him to put the shovel down, smoke a cigarette, and say his prayers. In another five minutes, he's being covered over with the dirt he dug out." James Cody

Eventually, the three prospectors gather up their gold and head back to civilization where they can redeem their fortune. But, along the way, the old prospector, who has some knowledge of medicine, is recruited by some locals to help them. He leaves his portion of the gold with his two partners, but Dobbs, attacks the remaining partner and steals all of the gold for himself.

Ironically, the bandit Gold Hat comes upon Dobbs, kills him and takes the gold. But his luck is short lived when he is caught and shot by the local police for being in possession of stolen goods.

In the end, the old prospector and Bob Curtin (who was believed killed) reunite and realize that even though they have lost their gold, they have faired much better that their overly suspicious, and very greedy partner Fred C. Dobbs.

Note: Over the years, this often parodied phrase has been distilled to “We don't need no stinkin’ badges!”

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